Ball of Foot Pain

Ball of the foot pain is usually caused by Metatarsalgia or Morton’s Neuroma.


Causes: usually as a result of incorrect weight distribution on the forefoot. Onset is often gradual.

Symptoms: a pain in the ball of the foot, often like a bruise.

Treatment: ice, padding, change footwear – no high heels! Possibly need orthotics if there is a biomechanical problem.

Morton’s Neuroma

Causes: usually due to repetitive trauma which causes the ends of the nerves to get trapped and pinched between the toes when walking. Hammer or claw toes can also cause the nerves to rub on the ligaments.

Symptoms: neuralgia pain or numbness on the bottom of the foot radiating towards the 3rd and 4th toes. Made worse by wearing high heels or walking on hard surfaces. Also painful if squeeze the forefoot together.

Treatment: ice, anti-inflammatories, padding, orthotics if mechanics of the foot are faulty. If these do not work, then ultrasound can help. Surgery may be necessary if symptoms persist.

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